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Where to start reading Noam Chomsky’s books

If you're new to the world of American linguist, philosopher and social critic Noam Chomsky, here are four books to get you started.

Noam Chomsky
Noam Chomsky

Who is Noam Chomsky?

Professor Noam Chomsky is widely regarded as our greatest living political thinker. Academic and activist, Chomsky is a true polymath. After single-handedly changing the course of modern linguistics, he went on to shape the way we think about the modern world through the rigorous socio-political criticism and analytic philosophy for which he is universally known today.

Noam Chomsky is a writer who speaks truth to power. Wherever he turns his attention, his work is marked out by his clarity of vision and his impassioned commitment to truth and justice. Throughout his career, he has spoken out unflinchingly against injustice and corruption: from his controversial opposition of the Vietnam War during the 1960s to his ongoing criticism of US foreign policy today.

Anyone interested in understanding the world around them should read Chomsky. Whether you want to learn more about the political situation in the Middle East, the climate change crisis, government surveillance and drone technology, the legacy of Obama and the future with Trump, the threat of nuclear war, or the rise of China, there is no more insightful commentator.

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